I recently had a conversation with a NASA professor with whom I am acquainted. Before our conversation, I had sent him my transcripts and CV, as he had requested. As usual, I received the typical compliment of having a “great transcript and CV.” However, this time the conversation did not end there. The professor noticed that my peak in academics corresponds with the date and month that I started my first business, Faciotech, around the same time as my first semester at level 300. Since then, I have never scored lower than an A on any assessment I have taken. Then, the professor said to me, “You are a non-conformist, and I want to hear your story.” I must admit, I have never been asked this question before. Most of the time, when people ask me about my story, I brush them off. But this time, it really made me think.
Finding your purpose in life is crucial because it gives you direction and motivation. It provides meaning and fulfillment, and helps you feel more connected to the world around you. Everyone’s purpose is different and can change over time. Some people find their purpose through their work, while others find it through their relationships, hobbies, or passions. Some people discover their purpose early in life, while others may take longer to find it. It is important to remember that finding your purpose is a personal journey, and what works for one person may not work for another. It is important to be open to exploring different things and to be willing to try new things to find what truly gives you a sense of purpose and meaning.
It occurred to me that starting my own business gave me a sense of purpose. To give you some context, I originally studied general arts in high school, but I had a strong passion for technology and engineering dating back to my childhood. Unfortunately, I was denied the opportunity to study computer science or engineering. So, on the advice of my family, I chose to study land management instead of geography or rural development at KNUST. As you can imagine, I was not very motivated while pursuing a program that I did not have a true passion for. I was still a decent student, making the dean’s “green list” for good performance during my first semester. However, I had not yet reached my peak. I would get occasional As or Bs in various assessments.
It was not until 2015, when I launched my business, that I rediscovered myself and found my true purpose in life. I realized that I did not need a degree in technology to work in the field. I could still study land management and apply technology in my field. That’s when I developed a passion for my studies and gave it my all. Doing something you are passionate about can unlock many other opportunities as well. When you are doing something that you love and that gives you a sense of purpose, you are more likely to be motivated and engaged, which can lead to greater success. This, in turn, can open up new doors and lead to new opportunities. Networking and connecting with others who share your interests can also lead to new opportunities. When you are doing something that you are passionate about, you are more likely to be energized and enthusiastic, which can be attractive to others and lead to new opportunities. Overall, finding your purpose and doing something you are passionate about can lead to a greater sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, as well as new opportunities and possibilities.
The reason I am sharing all of this with you is to inspire others to find what gives them purpose. Find what makes you want to live each day to the fullest. Find that one thing that can unlock your hidden potential. For me, it was starting my own business. I know of a classmate from high school whose purpose was unlocked through art. He always had a talent for drawing and painting, but he never really pursued it until he left the university after studying technology. From there, he found his true passion and has since been able to turn his art into a successful career.
It is important to remember that finding your purpose and doing something you are passionate about can take time and may require exploration and experimentation. It may also require stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking risks. However, the effort is worth it because it can lead to greater happiness and fulfillment in life. So, do not be afraid to try new things and follow your passions. You never know where they may take you.